Monday, August 31, 2015

Song of the Moment: Molli's Choice: Kenny Chesney





Song of the Moment is a new feature on The Authorteers where we each take turns sharing one of the songs inspiring us lately.


When we all decided to start this feature, I was basically in Heaven. Unless I'm at work, I almost always have music playing: in the car, in the house while I'm cleaning, even while I'm writing. The only problem with a Song of the Moment is that I'm ALWAYS listening to a lot of songs. But! I finally chose just one. ;)


I KNOW. "Kenny Chesney," you're thinking. "Molli, isn't he the guy who did that awful song 'She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy'?" Yes, yes he is. Kenny Chesney and I have a love-hate relationship. Every once in awhile he'll do a song I just loathe, something too gimmicky for my taste. But then in between...I ADORE HIM. 

Kenny Chesney - "Wild Child" featuring Grace Potter



I loved Kenny's first stuff with Grace Potter, and as soon as I heard "Wild Child," I fell in love with it. It ended up being on my AS YOU BREATHE AGAIN playlist, and every time it comes on the radio, I sing along. LOVE. IT. 


Do you like "Wild Child", or any of Kenny's songs? If so, what's your favorite one? 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cover Reveal: SOMETHING IN THE AIR by Marie Landry

Today is the cover reveal for our very own Authorteer Marie Landry's next novel, SOMETHING IN THE AIR! Marie designed the cover herself and says she thinks it perfectly captures the way Rose feels with Declan - happy, safe, at ease, comfortable. Rose feels seen for the first time in her life. While her life is being turned upside down and changing in so many ways, Declan keeps her grounded. 

Ready to see the cover?

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Something in the Air by Marie Landry
Contemporary New Adult
Publication date: November 3rd, 2015
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Her life hasn't gone as planned, but she's about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way...

When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.

Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.

Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?



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Monday, August 17, 2015

Discussion Post: When you need an "exit strategy" from writing stress, what do you do?


We all love writing. But every now and then, it's a stressful thing, making a book happen, existing as a writer. When we have too much stress built up, what do we do? Read on to find out.

Molli

I'm a big believer in self-care. It's taken me a long time to find the things that work for me in general, but now that I have, I value these small, simple rituals. When I'm stressing over a plot point or a looming deadline, here are a few things I do to remember how to breathe.

  • Go for a swim! If it's summer/early fall, it's definitely warm enough here. Even a half hour in the pool usually chases my blues away.
  • Work out. This may sound silly, but for some reason, when I'm on the treadmill or elliptical, it's like my brain goes silent. I turn on whatever playlist I feel like hearing, and I have NO stress at all.
  • Read for pleasure. I'll pick up an old favorite and re-read, or read a book I've been dying to get to. Just sitting and reading is sooo relaxing for me. 
  • Catch up with friends. Anytime I need to refill the well, I call up two of my closest friends and we do dinner. They always leave me feeling SO recharged.

Marie

Out of all the Authorteers, I'm the only one who currently works from home and writes full-time. As amazing as it may sound (and amazing as it actually is...most of the time), it can be extremely draining, not to mention lonely. I'm pretty much a hermit and most of my friends live out of town, so it's usually up to me to remember I need to take breaks and do stuff other than writing and my freelance work! My favourite ways to unwind and destress:
  • Read! Reading is probably my favourite thing to do next to writing. I love getting lost in a good book, and no matter how busy I am, I try to make time to read every single day.
  • Watch a favourite TV show or movie. I'm a TV-on-DVD and Netflix addict, and I love to watch an episode (or six) of my fave shows when I need to shut my brain off. 
  • Browse Pinterest. I try not to do this too much since I tend to get lost on Pinterest for hours, even if I only intend to be there a few minutes. I love building book inspiration boards, travel boards, looking at fandom-related stuff, and just browsing pretty things. My friend and I planned most of our trip to the UK and Europe using Pinterest, and I've been back there a few times since I got home, planning my next trip. ;-) 
  • Do something else creative. Some of my favourite creative outlets other than writing are graphic design and photography. If I need to do something creative but need a break from writing, I'll open photoshop and make some teaser graphics or something new for my blog or just play around, or I'll grab my camera and take some pictures.
  • Spend time with my nephews and niece. Playing with them, cuddling with them, hearing their stories and giggles and seeing their imaginations at work (which I totally take credit for!), is like balm for the soul.

Lilly

I think the most important thing for any author to do is stepping away from your writing. Sometimes you end up hiding away in the writing cave with all these goals and deadlines in your head. It can suffocate you if you don't take breaks. Everyone needs the time to just breathe. When your mind is engulfed in your story, it becomes cluttered and overwhelmed. Taking a break can unclutter your mind so that when you go back to the story you're refreshed and can think more clearly where the story needs to go next.

I've tried to force myself to keep going on certain books and it always ends the same: me, frustrated as can be. So, it's definitely good to get away from your writing world once in awhile, even if it's just for a walk or watching a movie or maybe even catching up on your favorite TV show online. You'll come back refreshed and be thankful you did it.

Jessica

Do something creative! I have all sorts of arts and crafts projects I've dabbled in over the years from crocheting to painting. After spending some time in that it completely takes my mind away to a tropical island... Well, at least as close to one as I can get. It re-energizes me and allows me to be able to refocus when I do get back to writing. Sometimes all I need is an hour of two away from my book and I'm able to go back renewed. Sometimes, however, it might take a day or maybe longer. If that's the case for you, don't let it discourage you! When you're overwhelmed with a story, pushing yourself to finish isn't the solution if you want to write the best book possible. Writing is something to be enjoyed, not cause stress. We each take our writing at a different pace and need different things to keep pressing on. Find your escape from writing and don't hesitate to take it when you need to. Your writing will flourish if you give your mind needed breaks.

 
Whether you're a writer or not, what are some of your "exit strategies"? What do you you do to destress, relax, or refill the creative well?


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Song of the Moment -- Lilly's Pick: "I Can't Stay Away" by The Veronicas


Song of the Moment is a new feature on The Authorteers where we each take turns sharing one of the songs inspiring us lately.

Lilly Avalon's latest inspiration...

"I Can't Stay Away" by The Veronicas



After stepping away from erotica to write new adult, I've been itching to get back to erotica. Don't get me wrong, I love love loved writing new adult--Unexpected was wonderful and holds a special place in my heart. There's just something about erotica...like an undeniable pull.

Anyways... I had several possibilities in mind for my next book, and three of them were poking at me, begging to be written. One was the third book in the Resist series, Forever. Another is a contemporary romance about second chances set in a small town. And the last one, an erotic romance featuring a dirty talking almost stepbrother. As much as the first two appealed, the one that won out was the stepbrother romance.

I got to work right away on names, titles, personalities, plot points, conflicts, and dialogue bits and pieces. In the midst of it all, this song somehow came to mind. I started listening to it, then looked up the lyrics and it hit me... this song is essentially the theme to the story. And the title of the song hit the nail on the head for a possible title for the book.

So, I have a little announcement--my next book is called Can't Stay Away! It's up on Goodreads already, so feel free to add it to the TBR. I broke 15,000 words the other day, and I've been hitting between 800-1000 words every day writing it for the last couple weeks. I'm aiming to release by the end of the year if all goes as planned and I keep up with my higher word counts. *fingers crossed but can't make promises yet*

Here are some of the lyrics to give you a feel for what's in store for Can't Stay Away:

I'm conflicted
I inhale now I'm addicted
To this place
To you babe
I can't stay away

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What's your song of the moment? Anything in particular on repeat recently? Something inspiring your latest work-in-progress?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Calling All Authors!


Are you an author? Would you be interested in being interviewed or writing a guest post?

We at The Authorteers are looking for awesome indie authors to feature on our blog. Since all four Authorteers are self-published, we want to share the love. So, we're offering authors the opportunity to be featured on The Authorteers! *

If you're an author and willing to take part in an interview or write up a guest post, we'd like to have you stop by sometime. We're currently booking for posts during the months of September to December.

How can you get featured? It's simple--just fill out our form! **

Thanks so much for reading!
We look forward to working with you!




* Traditionally published authors are also welcome!
** Filling out the form doesn't guarantee a spot on the blog. All requests will be taken under consideration by The Authorteers and we will contact you if there is availability for a feature. Spots are going to be limited to only interviews and guest posts.






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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Jessica with Not Until Tonight


Hello everyone! It's Jessica here with a little teaser for you today.

In my new adult novella, Not Until Tonight, Skylar asks Haley to pretend to be his girlfriend. They realize it would be in their best interest to kiss before the big night, and this conversation ensues...



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Synopsis:
Every day after work, Haley goes to the bar across the street from her apartment to get a drink. It's the only time she gets to see Skylar, her bartender and crush. She would like to get to know him as more than a friend but she's afraid he won't be interested and she'll have to go elsewhere for her after work drink.

When Skylar asks Haley to pretend to be his girlfriend for a night, she is more than happy to oblige. She finally has the chance to make something happen without risking anything. But pretending proves to be more difficult than she thought. She's not sure she can resist the pull any longer with her feelings growing stronger, and it seems like Skylar is feeling the same way.

At the end of the night, will they be willing to turn a fake relationship into a real one?
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